Red Sox lineup: Mookie Betts plays right field in debut, Xander Bogaerts sits

June 29, 2014 - 12:26 pm

NEW YORK -- With the call-up of Mookie Betts on Saturday, the Red Sox suggested that the team planned to divide playing time by splitting four positions between five players, with the versatility of Brock Holt permitting the team to juggle regular playing time for the entire group of Betts, Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Stephen Drew in center field, right field, third base and short. On Sunday, Betts will make his big league debut, batting eighth and playing right field. The first player to sit in favor of the phenom? Fellow 21-year-old Bogaerts. Holt will play third, with Bogaerts getting the day off, as the Red Sox face right-hander Chase Whitley (3-1, 4.07 ERA). Whitley has held righties to a .224/.274/.269 line, while lefties have hit .317/.355/.465 against him, perhaps playing into the decision to maximize the number of left-handed hitters in the lineup while sitting out Bogaerts. A.J. Pierzynski will return to the Red Sox lineup behind the plate to catch John Lackey, while Daniel Nava will be in left field. RED SOX LINEUP Brock Holt, 3B Daniel Nava, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B A.J. Pierzynski, C Stephen Drew, SS Mookie Betts, RF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF John Lackey, RHP